(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, joined with 51 of his fellow lawmakers to approve a new state budget. “This budget focuses on the ingredients for building a stronger middle class,” said Assemblymember Ting. “ We invest in our future by funding education, reducing poverty, and cleaning our environment. We create greater fiscal stability by saving for a rainy day and building the largest reserve in over three decades.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Assembly Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), and the Chairs of the five budget subcommittees met with the media to discuss the Assembly budget plan developed through over 70 hearings. Ting says the result is a Responsible Budget for a Stronger Middle Class, which has prioritizes preparing for future economic downturns to avoid budgeting mistakes of the past by including as robust reserve; fighting poverty and assisting seniors and the disabled; investing in our future – from early education to higher education; cleaning our air and water; expanding economic development; investing in safer communities; and oversight. Here’s more from Budget Committee Chair Ting in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – With relatives of gun violence victims looking on, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and several other Assembly Democratic lawmakers held a news conference in the State Capitol to discuss National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 2nd) and pending gun related legislation. Assemblymember Ting authored Assembly Bill 2607 to allow employers, coworkers, teachers, and mental health workers to seek restraining orders that temporarily prevent dangerous people from owning or possessing firearms. “Mass shootings have become routine, almost daily occurrences across the country,” Assemblymember Ting said. “We don’t need more tragic inspiration. We just need life-saving solutions.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) was pleased with the direction that Governor Jerry Brown took in his annual State of the State Address to a joint session of the California Legislature. Immediately after the Governor’s speech, Assemblymember Ting, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, reminded his fellow legislators that they must take bold action now, to ensure California’s future success.
“California is at a turning point and it’s time for big ideas,” said Assemblymember Ting. “We are investing more than ever in education, leading the charge on climate change, and saving to cushion the inevitable return of tougher days. As we resume unfinished business with healthcare and infrastructure funding, we cannot ignore larger questions about revenue. We need a plan to make California stronger. Voter approved taxes are phasing out and our financial stability makes this the perfect time to pursue tax reform. A range of tax initiatives may reach the ballot this fall and elected leaders cannot sit on the sidelines. We must rise to the occasion and upgrade our tax code for the 21st Century. This will bring the state greater stability and enable us to continue investing in a more prosperous future for our citizens and our economy.”
Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear more from Assemblymember Ting regarding the Governor’s speech.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) was “very excited” by the priorities Governor Brown laid out in his historic 4th Inaugural Address, which also served as Brown’s State of the State speech. Ting looks forward to achieving their shared goal of ensuring the success of school funding reforms so that “the students who need it most, will get more of the money.” Ting also praised the Governor’s bold initiatives to expand clean energy and electric vehicles to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Watch this Assembly Access Video for more details.
(San Francisco) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) joined Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for a news conference at Northeast Medical Services in Chinatown to call for enactment of the Speaker’s Assembly Bill 2325, which would increase the number of medical interpreters to help ensure Californians with limited English receive the right medical treatment. "We are enrolling over a million new people into Medi-Cal," said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). "This is just the first step. The point is to ensure that coverage translates into quality health care. Since many Californians cannot speak English, we need interpreters to ensure patients can communicate with their doctors effectively."
(Sacramento) – Applying for college and financial aid can be a daunting task. Many students who are eligible, simply don’t apply because there are so many hoops to jump through. California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) authored legislation to make the process a little more streamlined. If passed, Assembly Bill 2160 would require school districts to electronically submit the grade point average (GPA) of all graduating high school seniors to the Student Aid Commission. “Education is the greatest gift we can give to our children,” said Assemblymember Ting at a press conference announcing the introduction of AB 2160, co-authored by State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo). “California is providing more help than ever to help families pay for college, but too many students leave aid on the table. Students who apply for aid are twice as likely to enroll in college and more likely to graduate. This simple solution will ensure more students get help getting ahead.” Assemblymember Ting was joined at the press conference by Senator Hill, Dr. Orville Jackson of Ed Trust-West and Dr. Diana Fuentes-Michel of the California Student Aid Commission. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more about AB 2160.
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, gave Governor Jerry Brown high marks for his 2014 State of the State address. Following the speech to a joint session of the California State Legislature, Ting said he was pleased with California's progress to restore financial stability and to investing in education. However, Ting expressed concern about the growth of corrections spending.
California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) spoke on the Assembly Floor in strong support of AB 1266 – legislation that will enable transgender students to participate in sports and other activities at school based on their gender identities. This measure is an important strengthening of the rights of transgender students so that they may have the same opportunity to participate and succeed as others. Hear Assemblymember Ting's speech in this Assembly Access Video
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D--San Francisco), joined by Assemblymembers Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), and students from the UC, CSU, and California Community Colleges, gathered on the steps of the Capitol to promote a package of legislation to improve California's Cal Grant financial aid program. Assemblymember Ting's legislation, Assembly Bill 1364, will help ensure fairness and allow California students to achieve their educational aspirations by bringing the amount of the Cal Grant access award to $5,900 - where it would be today if it had rightfully kept pace with inflation. Further AB 1364 ties the award to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) going forward. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.